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Priya K + Follow 17 Jan 2017
Week 13 Pregnancy

The first phase of your journey is on the verge of being over. You are in the last week of your first trimester.

GROWTH OF THE BABY: The baby has been on a roll, growing miraculously and speedily, with every passing week. By this week, the sex organs become fully visible. For the first time, you can sense the life within you with the help of an external Doppler. The endearing heartbeat of your baby can be clearly heard. The salivary glands activate and the vocal cords are under construction. The lungs are still evolving. The baby continues to inhale and exhale the amniotic fluid. Sweat glands develop and the nervous system continues to undergo maturation. The bone marrow starts manufacturing the white blood cells. The baby is about 2.5 inches long, about the size of a big peach. The baby’s movements develop further by this week.

CHANGES IN MOTHER’S BODY: Your body produces the hormone, Relaxin, which loosens up the ligaments and joints. It is a preparation for childbirth. It would tend to make you clumsier. From feeling lethargic to dropping stuff around, your body feels different and difficult to deal with. Even though you need the extra kick of the hormone, only in your pelvis, it works on the entire body, leaving you disheveled. The risk of miscarriage is now much lower than the initial weeks. You can look forward to a time of relative comfort. There is more to cheer for. Post this week, many women find a splurge in their sex drive. You may consider exercising since the body will allow you some mild exercise forms.

The breasts start forming colostrum, a nutrient rich fluid. Most women don’t realize this phenomenon until the milk begins to leak. This power food for the baby is rich in antibodies and immunoglobins.

DIET & FITNESS REGIME: Here is a list of 10 super foods for the baby and the mother to be:

             FOOD                           RICH IN

  • Eggs                           protein, folate & iron
  • Sweet potato             potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, copper & beta-carotene
  • Nuts                            magnesium, omega-3s, protein, fiber, vitamins
  • Beans and lentils     protein, iron, folate, fiber & zinc
  • Lean meat                 protein
  • Orange juice              folate, potassium & vitamin C
  • Yogurt                         calcium, protein and zinc
  • Oatmeal                     fiber, protein & vitamin B6
  • Leafy greens              antioxidants, vitamin A & fiber
  • Salmon                       omega-3 fatty acids & protein

PURPLE HEALTH RECOMMENDS: Since your health has been a pain of late, you probably lost the zeal to live and love life, the way you have been doing it. Now that stability is finally stepping in, it is time to start loving yourself once again. Your spouse and you can probably take a break and enjoy each other’s company. You can plan to spend some quality time so that you can reconnect and reignite the fire. So get back on your feet and have a happy pregnancy.

Blue and pink?
Time to put those sneakers on
Fill your nature’s basket
How about a babymoon?

Article verified by Dr. Anupama R, MBBS, DGO, DNM, MNAMS, Infertility IVF Specialist, Pran Fertility and Well Woman Centre, Trivandrum.

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